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Canon EOS 5D Mark II announced - Full frame and Fulll HD video capabilities opens up a whole new multitude of possibilities for photo journalists and news photographers.

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canon5dIIPress release:
United Kingdom / Republic of Ireland, 17 September 2008: Canon announces the full frame, 21.1 Megapixel EOS 5D Mark II: the first EOS with full High Definition video capability.

Compact, lightweight and with environmental protection, the successor to the EOS 5D boasts a newly designed Canon CMOS sensor, with ISO sensitivity up to 25,600 for shooting in low light conditions. The new DiG!C 4 processor combines with the improved CMOS sensor to deliver medium format territory image quality at 3.9 frames per second, for up to 310 frames (when shooting in JPEG’s with a UDMA card with 2GB capacity or greater).

Triggered from Live View Mode, HD video capture allows users to shoot uninterrupted at full 1080 resolution at 30fps – for amazing quality footage with outstanding levels of detail and realism.

The integration of HD movie capability into a high-end 21.1 Megapixel camera opens a multitude of new possibilities for photojournalists and news photographers. With its full frame CMOS sensor and outstanding ISO performance, the EOS 5D Mark II will appeal to any photographer in search of the finest camera equipment available – from studio and wedding to nature and travel photographers.

Enhancements from the original EOS 5D include:

  • Addition of Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System, with a new Fluorine coating on the low-pass filter
  • Larger 3.0” Clear View LCD with VGA resolution, a 170° angle of view and anti-reflective coatings
  •  Improved menu system including Quick Control Screen for more direct access to common settings
  •  Automatic peripheral illumination correction, utilising detailed EF lens information to optimise JPEG images straight out of the camera
  •  Magnesium alloy construction with additional environmental protection
  •  UDMA memory card compatibility

      “Professional photojournalists and wedding photographers already choose the EOS 5D for its discrete size and outstanding image quality,” said Mogens Jensen, head of Canon Consumer Imaging. “The addition of HD movie recording opens a new chapter for EOS. It creates new possibilities for EOS photographers to capture and share their stories and to stay relevant in a rapidly changing digital landscape.”

Key Specifications:

  •  New 21.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with improved EOS Integrated Cleaning System (E.I.C.S.)
  •       New Full HD 1080 resolution movie recording
  •       3.9 frames per second continuous shooting
  •       High performance DiG!C 4 processor providing superb image quality
  •       Maximum 310 large JPEG images in a single burst with a UDMA card
  •       3.0” VGA (920k dots) Clear View LCD
  •       ISO 100-6400 (expansion from 50 up to 25,600)
  •       9 AF points 6 Assist AF points

Additional information

New CMOS sensor
The EOS 5D Mark II newly designed full frame 21.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor features ISO sensitivity from 100-6400, expandable to 50, 12,800 and 25,600. Large 6.4µm2 pixels have been redesigned to capture more light and yield a better signal to noise ratio to ensure lower noise images throughout the ISO range. The full frame sensor has the same dimensions as a frame of 35mm film. This means that wide-angle lenses stay wide, without the change in angle of view associated with smaller sensor cameras. As well as benefiting from finer control over depth of field, photographers moving up to the EOS 5D Mark II full frame format will find the newly designed wide, bright 98% coverage viewfinder a joy to work with.

New DiG!C 4 processor
A new DiG!C 4 processor combined with 14-bit analogue to digital conversion provides smooth gradations in mono-tonal areas such as skies, and highly accurate colour rendition. As well as HD movie shooting, DiG!C 4’s high speed provides for long uninterrupted continuous bursts of large JPEGs, near-instant start-up times and immediate and fast review after shooting. DiG!C 4 also provides for improved noise reduction algorithms, complementing the already low noise images from the EOS 5D Mark II CMOS sensor.

HD video capture

The EOS 5D Mark II is Canon’s first D-SLR to incorporate full HD 1920x1080 video capture. Once filming is started from Live View mode, photographers can fire off either single or continuous stills, with video capture continuing after the final frame is captured.

See everything
A new 3.0” VGA resolution LCD provides a wide 170º angle-of-view, providing plenty of clarity for accurate focus checks in playback. The screen brightness can automatically adjust to suit viewing conditions, extending battery life in low light and improving viewing in bright conditions. A new dedicated Live View button switches modes to display a real-time image on the LCD. This allows EOS 5D Mark II  photographers to enjoy simplified shooting from awkward angles. Simple connection to a PC provides easy remote shooting.

Precision focus and metering

A 9-point auto focus system is supported by 6 additional invisible Assist AF points, located inside the spot-metering circle to optimise subject tracking performance in AI SERVO AF mode. For accurate exposure readings in tricky lighting conditions, the spot metering circle covers just 3.5% of the frame.

The EOS 5D Mark II redesigned menu system includes a new Quick Control screen, for instant access to the most commonly changed settings. A new Creative Auto mode allows photographers to cede control of key settings to the camera, while retaining control over creative variables such background blur, drive mode and image brightness. Custom user settings allow photographers to switch between two completely different camera setups. This is ideal for changing quickly between two different environments, such as switching from working inside a church without flash to outdoors with fill-flash at a wedding.

Shooting flexibility is enhanced with a range of new accessories. Shooting capacity can be extended with either the high capacity 1800mAh lithium-ion Battery Pack LP-E6, or Battery Grip BG-E6. A new optional Wireless File Transmitter – the WFT-E4 – offers external HDD and GPS compatibility along with the ability to transmit images direct to computer or FTP server, or operate the camera wirelessly. Both the BG-E6 and WFT-E4 feature a vertical orientation shutter release and other key controls for comfortable portraiture work, with a substantial grip to help balance the camera when used with long lenses.

Pricing & Availability: The EOS 5D Mark II (body only) is available from end of November 2008 priced at 2299.99 / 2999.99 RRP inc. VAT. The EOS 5D Mark II, EF 24-105mm f4.0L IS USM kit is available from end of November 2008 priced at 3049.99 / 3999.99 RRP inc. VAT.
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hobbs  101222 forum posts United Kingdom
17 Sep 2008 - 9:08 AM

So what have Canon been doing for the last 3 years then?


Quote: a new Fluorine coating

at least it will taste delicious. ever tried eating a Nikon ?

stevemelvin e2 Member 8675 forum postsstevemelvin vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2008 - 9:38 AM

Looks good. Very good!

17 Sep 2008 - 11:12 AM

is there any mention of sound to go along with video mode????

MadTrace  9268 forum posts United Kingdom
17 Sep 2008 - 12:48 PM

Am saving now!!!! But think I will have to wait at least a year, Boo Hoo

Yidam  6 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2008 - 12:55 PM

This is so exciting! I've been waiting for the release and it would appear the wait was worth it... yay! Smile

IanO  11195 forum posts Scotland
17 Sep 2008 - 1:08 PM

I had thought about saving really hard for a 1Ds, but won't bother now as this sounds like just what is needed. I certainly like my current 5D and this sound well worth an upgrade. Now where did I put that piggie bank?

mattmatic  10598 forum posts
17 Sep 2008 - 1:40 PM

Quote: at least it will taste delicious. ever tried eating a Nikon ?

Not me, but you could try blending it Tongue

jken  71672 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2008 - 2:58 PM

Nice. Now where's that piece of plastic.


admiles  8241 forum posts United Kingdom
17 Sep 2008 - 4:15 PM

Oh bo****Ks, I've only just cleared my credit card from the last "indulgance"!!

17 Sep 2008 - 4:31 PM

Jesus, look at the ruddy price !!!!
Why should it cost any more than the model it replaces ?
Are canon trying to price themselves out of existence ?

BurntOut  7321 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2008 - 4:48 PM

Quote: Jesus, look at the ruddy price !!!!

The exact words my wife used. Closely followed by "No".

trekpete  7 Scotland
17 Sep 2008 - 6:04 PM

Best go and look out the ski mask and head for the bank. LOL.


Big Bri
Big Bri  1215507 forum posts England
17 Sep 2008 - 6:11 PM

Quote: ...Why should it cost any more than the model it replaces ?

Because it's better ?
And because the original is still a bloody good camera?

Big Bri
Big Bri  1215507 forum posts England
17 Sep 2008 - 6:12 PM

Quote: Best go and look out the ski mask and head for the bank. LOL.

Best go and look out the ski mask and head for Jessops.....

fizzput  643 forum posts
17 Sep 2008 - 9:31 PM

Quote: Is there any mention of sound to go along with video mode????

Sound is captured either by a built-in mono mic (located immediately beneath the camera's name badge) or by an external mic connected to a 3.5mm stereo mic jack (Canon is not producing an external mic specifically for the 5D Mark II). Two channels of sound are digitized at a respectable 16 bits/44.1khz in PCM format. Mic levels are adjusted automatically, with no manual override, whether using the built-in or external mic. Wind noise suppression is applied automatically and can't be either adjusted or turned on/off.

17 Sep 2008 - 11:33 PM

thanks for the reply...

found out a little of that by searching a little also... now my questions fall upon the quality of HD and the encoding format... with regard to the quality and editing useability.... any HD video enthusiasts willing to comment??



Hugeknot  91212 forum posts Iceland2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2008 - 11:34 PM

The package arrived this morning, I slowly opened it and caressed the new body, I licked the new sensor and then shot a HD feature movie with my new toy, then I woke up Sad

Snapper_T  10848 forum posts United Kingdom
18 Sep 2008 - 9:40 PM

Quote: The package arrived this morning, I slowly opened it and caressed the new body, I licked the new sensor and then shot a HD feature movie with my new toy, then I woke up

Woke up to find that you were licking what exactly??

The camera should be an excellent successor to the 5Dmk1


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